Thursday, May 12, 2016

Four Leaves

Spoiler alert!  This is the name of the new cafe opening next month in Greville Road, Rosanna and I'm more than a little bit excited.  My very first blog post was about the wonder of Miss Marie Cafe opening in sleepy, suburban Rosanna and given I'm a lover of cafe culture, and all that it represents, I'm really thrilled that we'll be getting a bona fide inner-city style cafe up at my local shops.  While I'm still restless, I probably should have called this post 'Resurgent in Rosanna' as I think it will lift property values and the quality of life index in this area to the east of Rosanna Road - cafes bring with them many other non-tangible benefits although I daresay parking is going to be a bit more tricky if you're not close enough to walk.
Image via banyule.net
On another local note, there is a Speaking of Sustainability - Banyule Toastmasters Event being held 7.30 - 9.30 pm in Heidelberg West at St Pius X Primary School (gold coin donation) next Tuesday night (17 May) where you're invited along to have a go  at speaking on sustainability in a supportive environment.  Toastmasters is an international not-for-profit organisation focusing on communication and leadership that's been around for many years and this group is a new eco-sustainability focussed public speaking group.  For more info contact speakingofsustainability@gmail.com  It is a real skill to be able to talk in public and while it's right up there in terms of people's fears - along with a fear of flying and dentists - the only way to become better at something is to practise.  I've actually said yes to another speaking engagement at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in conjunction with Banyule Arts and Culture this July, which I'll talk about more in detail closer to the time.
Image via Banyule City Council website
Next Tuesday is also IDAHOT Day and this is a subject close to my heart having friends and family who are gay plus having worked in fashion, beauty, retail and art where many of my contemporaries are simply just different people irrespective of their sexuality - all of whom have enriched my life and made it more layered, diverse and interesting.  At the end of the day, we are all human beings who feel the same emotions and want the same universal things in life, like love and acceptance, and I think some people lose sight of that and what it's truly like to walk in someone else's shoes and be the 'other'.  Banyule is hosting a number of different IDAHOT events in Montmorency.
Image via Fed Square
A few interesting things on this weekend, if you're interested in the process of jewellery making - Northcity4.com jewellery is holding an Open Day workshop on Saturday in Brunswick.  If you're a design aficionado, Lightly is holding its first ever warehouse sale with big discounts also on Saturday in Collingwood.  Finally, it's also Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival celebration in Melbourne this weekend at Federation Square.

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